Education & Culture

Where first-class education meets inspiring culture

Davos is building on future generations and training them locally so that people will continue to work in the region after completing their education. This aspiration is also intended to prevent the current exodus from more peripheral regions. By strengthening the educational institutions, a location factor will be created that will attract highly qualified workers (for example in the research institutes, clinics or the hospital) and their families to Davos. This creates new jobs by boosting the economy and ultimately generates additional tax revenue. It also smooths out seasonal fluctuations in terms of population and "cold beds". 


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Elementary School Davos

Around 140 teachers teach around 960 pupils at the Davos elementary school.
The principals' conference, consisting of the principal and four other principals, is responsible for operational management.

School levels
Kindergarten promotes the physical, mental and social development of children and prepares them for starting school. Elementary school teaches pupils the basic elements of education. As an elementary school, it lays the foundations for attending subsequent schools. After the 6th grade of elementary school, pupils move on to secondary level I, which is run in Model B and includes the intermediate and secondary schools.

At kindergarten and primary school level, block times and supplementary childcare are offered. Children can be registered for vacation care during seven vacation weeks. Children with special needs also receive integrative support. Curative education teachers provide special educational support in every school.

In addition to supporting children with learning difficulties, Davos School also offers support and assistance for pupils with special talents, as well as the Talent School for pupils with special talents/ambitions in the field of sport or music. The Talent School offers an ideal combination of sport/music and school.

The organization of the Davos elementary school

  • 5 school councils, strategic management
  • Principals' Conference, operational management, consisting of the main school management, the principals of the Lower School District, Village School District, Platz School District, Upper School and Talent School
  • 3 school management assistants; 1 learner from the municipality of Davos
  • Around 140 teachers (class teachers, subject teachers, curative education teachers)
  • Currently around 960 kindergarten children and schoolchildren between Davos Laret and Davos Wiesen
  • 11 kindergartens, 7 school buildings
  • 1 talent school
  • Janitors
  • Therapists and specialist agencies
  • School social workers
  • Supervisors of the day structures incl. lunch, vacation care

Music School Davos 

The Music School Davos accompanies, encourages and supports children, young people and adults of all educational and age levels so that they can experience music as an important part of their own life and identity. The offer invites you to embark on exciting journeys of discovery, your own musical activities, active listening and shows you ways to make music personally accessible and available according to your individual preferences and possibilities. Further education courses are also aimed at people who work in music-related professions or are undergoing relevant training.

The music school assumes a specific performance mandate within the framework of a holistic and lifelong education and thus recognizes music as an indispensable cultural asset. It offers an important contribution to Davos as a cultural location and is committed to ensuring that it has a lasting impact and sets attractive accents as a musical and music education competence center in the region, in the canton of Graubünden and beyond with its charisma and quality.

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Davos Vocational School

As part of the dual education system, the Davos Vocational College is responsible for the school-based training of apprentices. It runs the carpentry, retail and commercial departments, making it the only vocational school in Graubünden to combine industrial and commercial basic training under one roof.
The three- to four-year courses are completed with the Federal Certificate of Proficiency and provide access to tertiary education.
During their training, students receive individual and competent support from dedicated teachers and are taught in a practical manner. The school also offers ideal conditions for young people who play competitive sport.
The school has a modern infrastructure and supports students in achieving their professional and personal goals in the digitalized world of education.

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Swiss Alpine High School Davos

The Swiss Alpine High School (SAMD), a foundation of the municipality of Davos, is the secondary school for the Davos region, the upper Prättigau and the Albula Valley. The school includes a boarding school where boys and girls from Switzerland and abroad find accommodation and intensive care. A total of around 260 students receive their education at the SAMD in the Gymnasium or in the Handelsmittelschule with vocational baccalaureate and Federal Certificate of Competence (EFZ) in Business Administration. The Matura and vocational Matura examinations are federally recognized and are taken by our own teachers. The baccalaureate certificates entitle students to enter all faculties of Swiss universities and federal institutes of technology without an examination, while the vocational baccalaureate gives access to Swiss universities of applied sciences. The SAMD is located in the heart of Davos, the highest town in Europe (1560 m above sea level). SAMD students benefit not only from a sound, high-quality education, but also from the extensive sports, cultural and leisure activities on offer in this world-famous vacation resort.

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Sports High School Davos

The  Sports High School Davos Foundation is a foundation that was established by the municipality of Davos in 1997. The purpose of the foundation is to operate a sports high school in Davos in accordance with the foundation charter and the federal and cantonal legal provisions. In 1997, after 10 years of preparation, the Swiss Sports High School Davos opened its doors with 37 students. Today, 17 years later, we look after around 130 pupils, all of whom are competitive athletes. The SSGD is a small, independent school that has set itself the sole aim of providing competitive young athletes with a school education, despite the heavy burden of sport. To date, 286 students have graduated from the SSGD with a Matura, a commercial diploma (EFZ Kaufmann/ Kauffrau) or a vocational Matura. The most prominent graduates are Iouri Podladtchikov, Jonas Hiller, Markus Keller, Marc Berthod, Marc Gini and Toni Livers. Medals at world championships must be the goal of every athlete. Successes at Junior World Championships are the first successes on the way to the top and an expression of potential.

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FHGR - University of Applied Sciences of Grisons

As an agile university, the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons promotes dynamic thinking and proactive action. Thanks to this mindset, it is helping to shape the future in a sustainable manner. Teaching and research are interdisciplinary in nature and geared towards practical challenges in business and society. It trains its over 2,300 students to become highly qualified, responsible individuals. The UAS Grisons offers a range of study and further education programmes in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Computational and Data Science, Digital Supply Chain Management, Information Science, Management, Mobile Robotics, Multimedia Production, Photonics and Tourism. Its specific areas of research include applied future technologies, development in Alpine regions, and entrepreneurial management. Moreover, it also takes part in living laboratories. The participation of all university members contributes to the further development of the university of applied sciences and its quality as an institution of higher learning.

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AO Education Institute (AO EI)

The AO Education Institute is the "driving force" behind all of the AO Foundation's global education programs. Specialists in the field of medical education and adult education work together with surgeons from around the world to develop continuing and advanced education programs in the various musculoskeletal disciplines of the AO (including veterinary medicine). Curriculum development is based on the latest research in medical education and meets all standards for certification and accreditation of continuing medical education. The majority of activities are local courses, in which simulation naturally plays a major role. The AO offers between 700 and 1000 courses worldwide, most of them "live" on site, but some are also "blended" or completely online. Around 55,000 surgeons and surgical specialists take part in an AO training event every year. The AO Education Institute also ensures that the learning success of participants is measured and analyzed using a globally standardized system and continuously adapts the instructional design of the activities based on these results.

In order to be able to offer this enormous number of training activities, the AO relies on a teaching staff of 6 - 7,000 volunteer instructors - renowned surgeons, researchers and respected experts in their field. The AO Education Institute offers a dedicated, specially developed training program for this faculty with the aim of increasing their competence as clinical teachers and trainers. The AO Education Institute is also involved in academic research in the field of medical education: With regular publication of research results in relevant journals and presentations at major medical education conferences, the AO Foundation continues to be recognized as one of the leading global medical education and training providers in musculoskeletal surgery.

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Christine Kühne-Center for Allergy Research and Education (CK-CARE)

Since its foundation in 2009, CK-CARE (Christine Kühne - Center for Allergy Research and Education) has become an important institution in the field of allergies with a focus on atopic dermatitis (AD, neurodermatitis). 

Allergic diseases and asthma affect approximately one billion people worldwide. For almost a century, research efforts have been undertaken and thus a significant contribution has been made to the quality of life of those affected. 

Nevertheless, there are still gaps in knowledge and, due to insufficient scientific knowledge, limited preventive and therapeutic options. The declared aim of CK-CARE is to promote research, education and prevention in the field of allergies and to improve the implementation of research results in clinical care for the benefit of affected patients. The supporting pillars are highly qualified and well-networked research activities in the field of allergies and education of medical professionals based on current findings.

CK-CARE's work now has global resonance and this strong position has enabled it to launch or catalyze significant ventures in clinical allergy research. CK-CARE is developing new approaches in diagnostics, therapy and prevention (such as skin care, healthy microbiome and education, among others).

With the intention of increasing the scientific impact of CK-CARE, a process of centralization has been initiated. This aims to concentrate CK-CARE's biomedical research at the Davos Wolfgang Medical Campus (MCD) and to generate scientific added value in the context of collaboration with other research institutions located in Davos (Cardio-CARE, Hochgebirgsklinik, Davos BioSciences and SIAF).

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 IDKD – International Diagnostic Course Davos 

The International Diagnostic Course Davos (IDKD) was founded in 1969 with the aim of organizing annual postgraduate teaching courses in Diagnostic Radiology.
 The IDKD prides itself in its motto: “Excellence in Teaching”.

The course programs are organ-based with the following topics, repeated every 4 years: Brain, Head & Neck, Spine - Chest, Heart and Vascular System - Musculoskeletal Diseases - Abdomen & Pelvis.

The courses consist of highly interactive workshops, highlight lectures and a Film Reading Panel, which is a competition of eminent teachers in radiology, who solve interesting and difficult diagnostic problems by interpreting imaging studies in front of the audience. The program is completed by an exhibition of recently developed industrial products. Three pre-courses: the Fundamentals in Imaging: from Head to Toes, Hybrid Imaging Course – molecular imaging for radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians, and the Imaging Children, Adolescents and Young Adults courses are preceding the main event.

The scientific program of the course is led by the IDKD Course Directors: Prof. Jürg Hodler, MD, MBA; Prof. Rahel Kubik-Huch, MD, MPH; and Prof. Justus E. Roos, MD.
 Teachers at the course are some 50 internationally renowned experts who in the workshop teach the students in groups of up to 50. The case viewing is supported by a special software, uniquely developed for the IDKD and drawing from the extensive expertise with electronic teaching. The onsite participants receive a course Book – a syllabus, representing a condensed version of the workshops. The annual IDKD Book is available online as a Springer open access publication.

The courses in Davos are counting an average annual number of 900 participants onsite in Davos and online.

In addition to the course in Davos, IDKD is running shorter, so called “intensive courses” in Athens, Singapore, and Sao Paulo.

IDKD is a Swiss non-profit organization, which is called “Foundation for the Advancement of Education in Medical Radiology” with a domicile in Wallisellen, Canton of Zurich.

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Kirchner Museum Davos

 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was born in Aschaffenburg, Germany in 1880. After studying architecture in Dresden he and his friends Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff founded the ‘Brücke’ artists’ group. In 1911 Kirchner moved to Berlin, and in the following years he reached a first high point of his career with powerfully expressive work. In 1913 the ‘Brücke’ group disbanded. 

Physically and mentally scarred by his experience in military service, Kirchner sought to regain his health in different sanatoriums and, eventually, in 1917, in Davos. Initially living on the Stafelalp, then in the ‘In den Lärchen’ residence and finally in the ‘Auf dem Wildboden’ house, he was driven to create a unique, multi-faceted of work. 

The National Socialist regime in Germany banned any public display of Kirchner’s paintings. In 1937, his works were confiscated from museums and denounced, most notably by their inclusion in the travelling exhibition of ‘Degenerate Art’ (Entartete Kunst). This defamation of his character and work catapulted Kirchner into a deep depression and, in 1938, suicide seemed to him to be the only way out. His grave, along with that of his long-time companion, Erna, can be found in the ‘Forest Cemetery’ (Waldfriedhof) in Davos. 

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Swiss Text Academy

The Swiss Text Academy is a federal foundation established in 2001 by university professor Dr. Ivo Hajnal and publicist Franco Item. From the very beginning, the focus was on the German language as an instrument of mass media and corporate communication.
The founding of the academy goes back to the Magic Mountain Club association. It was looking for young entrepreneurs with new business ideas for Davos. The association was founded by health director Bruno Gerber in 2000. Its members were tourism experts, politicians and Hilde Schwab, the wife of WEF founder Klaus Schwab.
The club considered the idea of an academy for the promotion of the German language at university level based in Davos to be worthy of support. The Text Academy students work in Davos for three to four (block) days per course - in January, June, August and December. The Swiss Text Academy is a partner organization of the HWZ, Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Together with the HWZ, the academy has set up a specialist unit for writing and publishing.

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